Stern on CBA: ‘Early returns are excellent’
The normal 82-game season wasn’t possible when owners and players couldn’t agree to a new collective bargaining agreement until Thanksgiving weekend. The sides agreed to fit in 66 games starting on Christmas, each team playing about two extra games a month.
The result has been frequent compelling matchups and tight playoff races in both conferences with a week left in what Commissioner David Stern called a “barnburner of a season” during a meeting with Associated Press Sports Editors.
Stern said the “early returns are excellent” from the new labor deal. The league expects to lose a little money this season but predicts a profit in 2012-13 after saying it lost hundreds of millions annually every year of the old deal that was ratified in 2005.
via Associated Press